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Second Oswego Fireworks Display Planned for This Summer

Feb 07, 2017 08:53PM ● Published by Steven Jack

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The controversy over moving the village's July 4 fireworks in 2015 came up again at Tuesday night's Village Board meeting. 

The committee planning the appearance of the Vietnam Moving Wall in Oswego June 29 to July 3 asked the village to consider moving the fireworks to July 3 this year to coincide with the closing ceremonies of the Moving Wall. However, given the negative reaction caused in 2015, that idea is not likely to be popular with residents.

"I’m here from the committee to say that I would love to see it on July 3," said Moving Wall Co-Chair Dave Krahn. "This will be a unique circumstance and will be a truly solemn event. … It will be a fitting finish to one of the best things that’s happened in our town in a long long time."    
  
Because of the controversy surrounding the 2015 fireworks, Michelle Brown, the village's community relations manager, approached trustees with a proposal that will keep the village's annual fireworks on July 4 and allow for a second smaller show on July 3. 

Annually the village spends $10,000 for its fireworks show and a planned second show will cost an additional $5,000. Krahn said his group could put $1,000 of its funds toward the fireworks, but the village will have to fund the remaining portion. 

"I realize it’s an extra expense, but it’s worth it," said Trustee Ryan Kauffman. "…. We owe everything to our vets."

Trustees agreed that finding funding to pay for the smaller show could be as easy as finding a corporate sponsor, or hosting an additional fundraiser. Trustees Joe West and Judy Sollinger agreed to lead the efforts to find outside funding.

"There are a lot of ways to get there," West said.      

Krahn told Trustees the Wall will have a huge economic impact on the village with up to 200,000 people coming to town over the course of the 4 day event in Prairie Point Park. He also said the committee hopes to bring Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to town. 

Bringing the Moving Vietnam Wall to Oswego is a large undertaking that will require thousands of volunteers and $50,000 in funding. Two fundraisers are currently planned, including a pancake breakfast at Oswego High School this Saturday and an event at the Fox Valley Kickers Club March 31.
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